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Murder mystery author to dish on book

2/14/2014, 6 a.m.

Sarah Churchwell’s new book, “Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby,” will be discussed at the Decatur Library on Feb. 19.

The 7:15 to 9 p.m. event is the first in the branch’s “University at the Library” lecture series.

“Careless People” is a unique literary investigation narrative that combines a forensic search for clues to an unsolved crime in late 1922 and its relationship to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.”

It overturns much of the perceived wisdom of the period, and blends biography and history with lost newspaper accounts, letters, and newly-discovered archival materials to reconstruct the events of that pivotal autumn.

The library is at 215 Sycamore St. in downtown Decatur.